5 WWE Wrestlers Who We Hope Will Appear At AEW Double or Nothing
On February 7, All Elite Wrestling held its second rally to announce more of its roster and to begin rolling out matches for the Double or Nothing PPV — in some ways a follow-up event to All In, but also the first event officially branded under the AEW banner.
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Whether they’re officially announced or only hinted at, we have a decent sense that we will be getting Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho, Hangman Page vs. Pac, and The Young Bucks vs. The Lucha Brothers in Las Vegas. But what additional bouts are still to come?
There may be more intrigue around current WWE performers than anyone else. It has been established AEW has deep enough pockets to compete with WWE salaries, and given the number of talents who, at least in the eyes of hardcore fans, are underutilized on Raw and SmackDown.
So who do we want to see roll into Double or Nothing from WWE’s current ranks? This article takes a look at five key acts, with a focus on not only performers who seem likely to jump ship, and who would be intriguing in an AEW setting, but also ones who look as though they really might make that move.
#5 Finn Balor
When AEW first started generating some buzz about starting its own national promotion, one of the first names that hardcore fans speculated about them stealing from WWE was Finn Balor.
Yes, Balor is an exceptional talent and, yes, there’s a pretty compelling argument that WWE has underused him since his 2016 injury, keeping him mostly lost in the upper mid-card shuffle.
On top of that, though, Balor had risen to international stardom in New Japan leading the Bullet Club. That history provided him organic tie-ins to the masterminds behind AEW—Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks—who had come together first under the Bullet Club banner.
WWE has teased the Balor Club as a faction throughout Balor’s run, dating back to his time in NXT, but it has never amounted to more than a nickname for his fans, and on and off loose affiliation with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
It's possible that the choice to push Balor as a challenger to Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble was, in part, based on trying to placate him.
It may have been too little too late, as Balor has taken to social media posting photos of himself with AEW talent, and rumors continue to swirl about him making the move when he’s contractually able.